Aquatic hiking in the Lavatubes in Tahiti
Aquatic hiking in the Lavatubes in Tahiti
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
    French, English
  • Duration
    full day
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Discover the famous lava tunnels of HITIAA (Lavatubes) and their magnificent sculptures with an experienced instructor.

Between aquatic hiking and canyoning, the Lavatubes of Hitiaa are a must for any hiker who visits the island of Tahiti.

The lava channels were formed during the volcanic period when the island was born. The rocks and vaults have been carved by Mother Nature for hundreds of thousands of years. Inside, it's dark and wet but the scenery will leave you speechless!

This hiking trip in the lava tubes is dedicated to sporty people and good hikers. You'll be accompanied by a canyoning instructor and hiking guide with many years of experience in French Polynesia.

From Hitiaa, you walk for about 30 minutes uphill and reach the lava tubes where you progress through the ropes, lit by your headlamp.

At the first lava tunnel, you go upstream with rather delicate and slippery passages. Then a rope passage is necessary to reach the second tunnel.

In the second lava tube, get ready to get wet! Each pool is an opportunity to dive, always in the presence of your guide who knows their depth and the presence of rocks. A beautiful arch about 10 meters high is just before the third Lavatube.

The third tunnel is undoubtedly the most impressive. It's a large labyrinth with a watercourse, waterfalls, and many pools where you can jump several meters high. These tunnels are also called the golden caves because their walls are covered with a small golden seaweed.

At the exit of lava-tubes, you follow a beautiful river with waterfalls where you can swim.

minimum 14 y/o
Starting time: 8:00 am,
Cancellation policy: 
flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected
Activity requirements

All participants must be able to swim.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Special terms

*Excursion guaranteed from 4 participants.

Please contact the instructor to arrange your pick-up in Puna'auia.

The activity is subject to weather conditions.

  • All necessary equipment
  • Certified guide
  • Pick-up in Puna'auia
Do not forget to bring
To bring
  • Trainers that can get wet
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Picnic lunch
Meeting point
Pick-up in Puna’auia or Meeting at the parking lot of Super U Tamanu Punaauia Get directions

All reviews

Overall review
5 / 5
Very good
Canyonning lavatubes
  • 5 / 5

Canyonning très sympa et très variés avec une partie dans le noir et une partie en extérieur dans la végétation. Ça change de ce dont on a l'habitude en France.

Expérience aux lavatubes top !!
  • 5 / 5

- activité indiquée pour des personnes un peu sportives - découverte de la nature, des lavatubes - session de rappel, de sauts au sein des lavatubes, une sacrée émotion !! - pause repas en pleine végétation

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